What is this Noble Eightfold Way?
These eight things, friends, when
developed and cultivated lead to Nibbāna,
as their ultimate destination, have Nibbāna
as their final goal!
Friends, true knowledge is initiating
all advantageous states, with a sense of
shame and fear of wrongdoing coming
right after! For any clever person, who
has arrived at such true knowledge, right view emerges. For one of right view,
right motivation improves. For one of right motivation, right speech evolves.
For one of right speech, right action springs up. For one of right action, right
livelihood comes into being. For one of right livelihood, right effort arises.
For one of right effort, right awareness emerges. For one of right
is the sign
and precursor for the arising of the sun. So too,
friends, for a person, there is a sign and precursor for the
arising of this fine
Noble 8-fold Way. This sign
is Good and Noble Friendship!
When a person has
a Good Noble Friend, it is to be expected that he will develop
Noble 8-fold Way... And how does a person, who has a good
cultivate this Noble 8-fold Way? Here, friends, a person
develops right view, right motivation, right speech, right action, right livelihood,
effort, right awareness, and right concentration, which has as its final goal
the complete elimination of all greed, the full eradication of all hate, and the
luminous erasure of all ignorance...
Further study on this Noble 8-fold Way:
Source: The Grouped Sayings of the
Buddha on the Way. SN V (56)